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I Think My Tooth Just Went Numb, What Do I Do?

Posted on 2/29/2020 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Your tooth is alive. Your tooth contains blood vessels and nerves. With that being said, however, if your tooth does feel numb, I think it may be a sign that your tooth has been injured. So, we need to find out what is going on, get you into the office to prevent further damage to the tooth. Have you had some sort of oral trauma such as falling down or biting down hard on something? If not, perhaps maybe you have been grinding your teeth a lot lately? No? Well, do you participate in sports? Do you wear an athletic mouthguard? Since you have indicated that there has been no negative oral trauma or injury to your mouth, then we suspect it must be from some sort of decay. When decay happens, you will feel a lack of sensation in your tooth as well as blood flow resulting in numbness, but it is still possible to save it from completely dying. Get Immediate Help It is important to get immediate treatment for a numb tooth that is dying, but also, we must ensure that the decay does not spread to the surrounding teeth and gums as well as the bones that are supporting the other teeth. So, it is more than likely we are going to have to do a root canal, which will remove the root and dead tooth pulp and the infected tooth.  The space that is left to be filled by the extracted tooth will be filled with a special material and sealed to prevent further infection and a dental crown used to protect the tooth. If a root canal is not appropriate, then the tooth will have to be extracted to save the remaining teeth. If you are experiencing any numbness in your teeth whatsoever, we encourage you to call our office immediately to come in and let us have a look and see what is going on with your teeth and gums to be causing the numbness. Don't delay as this is a very serious matter. ...
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How Your Teeth Need to Be Treated Right After Whitening

Posted on 2/15/2020 by Winning Smile Dental Group
What you do immediately after a tooth whitening treatment dictates how well the results will last. The first 24 hours are especially important. Here are some rules for post-treatment care. After Care for your Teeth Whitening After the first 24 hours, you should avoid drinks that leave dark stains such as coffee, red wine, fruit juice, dark sodas, beer, and black tea. Foods that leave dark stains such as soy sauce, cured meats, chocolate, and any kind of fruit. Absolutely no smoking, although limited use of e-cigarettes is ok. Avoid colored toothpaste and mouthwashes, for example, red or blue.  These are just guidelines, of course, and can be summed up as something like if it would stain a white shirt, it will probably stain a white tooth. Suffice to say that whatever passes through your lips after a tooth whitening treatment should be light-colored and soft, non-acidic texture. Some foods that fall under that description and would be good choices post-treatment includes cauliflower, milk, pasta, rice, white cream sodas, rice, eggs, white fish, white cheese, skinless chicken breasts tofu, peeled potatoes, white yogurt, clear coconut water, and clear alcohol with light mixers, such as perhaps a gin and tonic or vodka soda. After the first twenty-four hours had passed try to avoid teeth staining foods for as long as you can. If you can do this, it will greatly impact how long the results of your treatment last. If you simply go back to your teeth-staining habits, then you will notice the whiteness of your teeth starting to dull after only three months. If you keep up good habits your teeth whitening should last for a year or more. If you are considering having your teeth whitened or need additional information, please give us a call and make an appointment, we will be glad to answer any questions you may have....
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Reasons Teeth May Hurt When Waking Up Each Day

Posted on 1/25/2020 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Have your teeth been hurting every time you wake up in the morning? Does it also start to reduce as the day progresses? The idea of being drawn out of your summer beach dream by an alarm clock might seem a bit bearable, but the latter changes when you immediately wake up with sore teeth. This occurrence may string a headache along, which causes a lot of general discomfort. Before you start cooking up the worst thinking you are alone, you should understand that waking up with sore teeth is a very common occurrence among people. Waking up with sore teeth is not the best way to start your day; you might not even be able to have breakfast or brush your teeth in peace. Furthermore, if you suffer from Bruxism, a lot of damage can occur. What are some of the reasons that can lead you to waking up with your teeth sore? Some Possible Reasons Do you sleep with your mouth open? If so, this could be the reason. Sleeping with your mouth open dries your mouth and leaves you at risk of getting oral cavities. If this is you, you need to visit us often so that we can help you deal with the issue and keep your teeth healthy. Another common cause of sore teeth is clenching and grinding of teeth during the night. To avoid damaging your teeth, you should visit us to get a pair of recommended night guards. If you eat hard foods at night and fail to brush your teeth before sleeping, the particles will get stuck between the teeth or the cracks. When sleeping, these particles will have a negative effect and you may wake up with sore teeth. Making sure that you brush and floss your teeth before sleeping is very important in maintaining good oral hygiene. If you believe none of the reasons mentioned above are the cause of your sore teeth, please book an appointment with us. Apart from doing a close examination of your mouth, we will also give you more advice on how to avert the problem....
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All Posts:

I Think My Tooth Just Went Numb, What Do I Do?
2/29/2020
How Your Teeth Need to Be Treated Right After Whitening
2/15/2020
Reasons Teeth May Hurt When Waking Up Each Day
1/25/2020
How to Brush Effectively as Age or Physical Injury Limits Mobility
1/15/2020
Understanding How Hard Bristled Brushes Damage Your Enamel
12/25/2019
Top Reasons to Fear Someone Using Your Toothbrush
12/15/2019
Is It Safe to Share a Toothbrush?
11/25/2019
How to Handle Fear of Coming to Our Office
11/15/2019
Snoring Needs to Be Checked Instead of Just Ignored
10/25/2019
How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy During Illnesses
10/15/2019
What to Know About Cavity Treatment
9/25/2019
How Long Should You Expect Whitening from Our Office to Last?
9/15/2019
Is Produce Able to Help You Floss if You Can't?
8/25/2019
How to Make Good Oral Choices When Snacking
8/15/2019
Drinks You Should Avoid to Keep Your Oral Health Up
7/23/2019
Does Eating More Fiber Help Keep Your Oral Health in Good Standing?
7/13/2019
Mouthguards Can Help You Sleep if You Snore or Struggle to Breathe
6/25/2019
How You Develop More Cavities by Sleeping with Your Mouth Open
6/15/2019
When Is the Last Time You Brushed the Roof of Your Mouth?
5/25/2019
What White Bread Can Do to Damage Your Teeth
5/15/2019
It Is Important You Do Not Bleach Your Teeth Too Much
4/25/2019
Is Beet Sugar Any Safer for Your Teeth?
4/15/2019
TMJ Issues Can Leave You with Ringing Ears
3/30/2019
Times Where You Need to Consider Covering Cosmetic Dental Issues with Veneers
3/20/2019
Crowns Need Special Care or They Could Break
2/25/2019
Crooked Teeth Can Lead to Many Oral Health Problems
2/15/2019
Managing the Pain of a Dental Abscess
1/30/2019
Lowering How Much Sugar You Consume Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
1/20/2019
What Options Do You Have for Tooth Whitening Procedures?
12/30/2018
What Missing Teeth Do to Facial Aesthetics
12/20/2018
Battle Bad Breath with Foods You Eat
11/30/2018
As a General Dentist, We Can Help with a Wide Array of Dental Problems
11/20/2018
Signs Your Enamel is Starting to Get Weak
10/20/2018
Do You Really Need to Use a Tongue Scraper?
9/30/2018
Do You Need a Fluoride Supplement?
9/20/2018
What to Look for When Buying a New Toothbrush
8/30/2018
What to Eat to Quickly Freshen Your Breath
8/20/2018
The Importance of Good Oral Health if you Have a Blood Disorder
7/20/2018
How Does Tooth Loss Affect Seniors?
7/10/2018
Many People Do Not Have Their Oral Health Prioritized Properly
6/23/2018
How to Get Past the Fear of a Root Canal
6/13/2018
Does Warm Weather Actually Harm Your Mouth?
5/23/2018
Does Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste Really Help?
5/13/2018
Does It Hurt to Floss Too Much?
4/20/2018
Dangers of Brushing Your Teeth Too Often
4/10/2018
Times Where Gingival Contouring Could Improve Your Oral Health
10/30/2010

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